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earthquake in haiti. it is a humanitarian disaster that has the united states president obama promising quick action. >> i have directed my administration to respond with a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives. >> that was the president just a short time ago vowing to provide all the help the u.s. can provide to haiti. i'm tamron hall with special live coverage of the unfolding situation in that country and it is quite honestly a desperate and very chaotic scene and around the capital of port-au-prince, the latest we're getting into msnbc. just a short time ago the humanitarian group doctors without borders says all hospitals in the port-au-prince area have been either collapsed or they are at this moment ab abandoned. as we are hearing from haiti's president for the first time who says he believes thousands are dead. the international red cross estimates 3 million people have been affected by the earthquake but it may take weeks before the full extent of the misery is truly known. and in about a half hour, we'll get an update from the state department and military officials
mcdonnell, do solomnly swear, that i will support the constitution of the united states, and the constitution of the commonwealth of virginia, and that i will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties incumbent up on me as governor of the commonwealth of virginia, according to the best of my ability, so help me god. [ cheers and applause ] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] >> members and guests, please be seated. i have the honor to present to the sovereign people of virginia the new governor of the commonwealth, his excellencey, robert francis mcdonnell. [cheers and applause] >> well, that is a lot of people there. kind of like one of your fundraisers. thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you! [cheers and applause] >> thank you! thank you so much for the incredible honor that you bestowed on me. thank you, mr. speaker, lieutenant governor bowling, attorney general, members of the general assembly, distinguished guests from around the world and across the country, family and friends, fellow virginians and americans. g
about that, to suggest that the president of the united states would then come out and try to use this in some domestic political sense and was somehow favoring -- i'm not sure of the logic, he favored the 500,000 dead in haiti over the one bomber injured in detroit in some way. i'm not following it. >> it makes no sense. and, you know, aren't we all appalled that our president would mount a rescue effort to try to save thousands, tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of people who are either dying right now or who will die in the next few days if they don't get help? you know, shame on the president for trying to alleviate that suffering and prevent those deaths. it's just a ridiculous thing to say. and i hope even his audience of dittoheads realizes that. >> you are dittoing naked, mad, insanity, and racism. eugene robinson, pulitzer prize-winning columnist of "the washington post," and also of msnbc, always a relief to talk to you under these circumstances. >> it's good to talk to you, except under bad circumstances. >> thank you, sir. that's "countdown." now to contin
. they were not allowed to live with you in the united states because the authorities wouldn't let them scloc; is that right? >> that's right, it's actually an adoption case. we got approval for the adoption in the united states but haiti was really slow in the process. >> so you were going back and forth from the united states to spend time with your daughters. the earthquake hits, you don't know if they're alive or not. justin, you come into the picture. what happened? >> yes, sir. katie came to see me a-- kenned, we talked about what we needed to do and i tried to assist her with small things, getting assistance on the ground and i helped her in what i could. the small things started to become larger things. it was such a compelling story. you look into the eyes of a distraught mother, you want to do nothing more than help. so there was a moment where i just said, kennedy, i want to come with you. and when she agreed to let me come, the journey began. it was a very arduous one, but it had a happy ending. >> kennedy, how did you get to haiti from texas. >> we booked a flight to the dominica
. the people of haiti will have the full support of the united states in the urgent rescue of those trapped beneath the rubble, to deliver humanitarian relief, food, water and medicine haitians will need in the coming days. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is returning to washington to continue her relief effort. the agencies is headed by a fella named rajiv shah. let's go to the head of salvation army who is joining us by skype. i've been in touch to you tonight so far, bob. give us a sense of being there in haiti, in the capital city, in the midst of all of that hell tonight. >> well, it's a very ominous place to be, to be honest with you. storm clouds just rolled in a little while ago. it's keeping us on our edge and it's a fairly nervous place to be tonight. >> have the relief efforts arrived at all? >> we are on the edge of that. we would know. we have team and supplies arriving tomorrow. that will help us to begin the distribution of resources to the haitian people. >> again, i asked you about this a couple of hours ago. i think everyone needs to know how bad the plight is in ha
of state hillary clinton meets with the 18th president. she assured that the united states would bring medical supplies and food and continue to help with rescue efforts. this is about 10 minutes. >> the press conference will be very difficult because of the noise of the motors. i think mrs. clinton for her visit, which shows, once again, her interest and support for haiti. since the earthquake, president obama has clearly stated how much help the united states and other countries should give to haiti. the last initiative of putting the two last proceeding presidents together to form a fund is, again, a sign of great support. the u.s. aid is already on the territory. i just visited a victim who has been, since five days, taken care of by the military and american medical support in haiti. mrs. clinton's visit really warms our heart today, but especially to reassure the priorities and needs and the coordination and needs to be done since the earthquake. i will not talk on behalf of mrs. clinton, i will let her express what the american government wants to do towards haiti. >> first, --
will be checking in with haiti's ambassador in the united states. lots more breaking news coverage coming up here in "the situation room." years from now, how will we look back on today? as the great recession? or as the recession that made us great? allstate has seen twelve recoveries. but this one's different. because we're different. we realized our things are not as important... as the future we're building with the ones we love. protect yours. put it... in good hands. ♪ ♪ wellbeing. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you nuture it in your cat... with a full family of excellent nutrition... and helpful resources. ♪ purina cat chow. share a better life. >>> here is a fresh look at the 7.0 earthquake. at the moment it struck haiti, tuesday, 48 hours or so ago, weather developments this hour. president obama's now promising $100 million in immediate aid from the united states. a huge challenge for the obama administration getting americans out of the country and getting aid in. about 160 americans have been evacuated so far. several hundred more are set to go. aid pilots are
that the united states will help victims of the earthquake in haiti. right now as many as 3 million people are in dire need of food, water, shelter and medical supplies. we will get the latest from janet choi in miami. haitians are frantically pulling survivors in port-au- prince. the strongest earthquake to hit the area struck. the presidential palace and the united nations headquarters in haiti both collapsed. the head of the u.n. peace keeping mission remains missing. thousands are believed to be buried in the rubble. american aide worker was buried under a foot of concrete. her husband dug her out. >> we had to pull bricks and bricks and wood and doors and metal away for at least, at least an hour before we were able to get her and her co- worker out as well. >> reporter: international relief agencies are rushing in aid and personnel. a search and rescue team from virginia is gearing up to go and president obama is promising more help. >> when disasters such as this, the first hours and days are absolutely critical to saving lives and avoiding greater tragedy. >>> there is a large hait
that have fallen altogether. so what we have here are -- there are several crews from the united states, three crews that have been working their way to haiti, getting there as fast as they could along with equipment to lift up these massive slabs of concrete. we can take it again from the top. what we're seeing here is this group from fairfax. let's listen into it. [ applause ] >> reporter: you can see here basically what's happening is we knew there were people and there still are, people who have been trapped under rubble. the u.n. said it could have been one of the worst days in its history in recent years. obviously there are a lot of lives at stake right there. it's not the kind of thing that people just on their own can come along and pull up the stuff. you need the power and the equipment to lift up the concrete that's there. so we have this group now from fairfax. you're well familiar with them. as we can see they have managed to rescue one person. we also know there are other crews on the way to various sites in haiti, including the u.n. headquarters and their goal there is to
back and forth. and exports from the united states has increased quite a bit. this year and one month we had sort of a setback. that is common because the numbers are released you a lot by borrowing. they shipped and plans one month and won the next, and that can make a big difference in the trade figures for that one month. it is a general trend, exports are rising pretty strongly. that is pretty good news for the american worker because it means maybe we are becoming more competitive and maybe we can sell more things. >> host: to job creation. carol, republican. good morning. >> caller: yes. i have a question in regards to the health care affects on new job creation and what it will do to the job economy. one of the questions i have, their is a lot of corruption in the city of chicago, and a lot of the newspapers. husband has been in jail for a couple years. while he was in jail for embezzlement and corruption he wrote the book that is the foundation of health care. is that the same? thank you. >> guest: to that health care. make the broader connection. it is really rough. a lot of
that was -- we were able to help. >> a global response led by the united states. as american survivors jam the airport, desperate to get out, one graduate student with nbc's kerry sanders. >> i -- i was hoping i would die quickly instead of slowly, because i was stuck. but then they got me out. >> president obama mobilizes his cabinet, saying this is one of those moments that call out for american leadership. and he had this message to the people of haiti. >> to the people of haiti, be we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be foresaken. you will not be forgotten. in this, your hour of greatest need, america stands with you. the world stands with you. >> but with no power or communication, the people of haiti cannot see or hear him. >> nbc news has learned mr. obama has called former president george w. bush to team up with bill clinton and work on relief effort. secretary of state hillary clinton after canceling her trip to the pacific flew back overnight to washington. >> we are expecting, you know, a great number of fatalities and serious injuries. we know it's going to be in
today that the supreme court of the united states decided the case of roe vs. wade. the case that legalized abortion in america and set up decades of bitter battles between pro choice and pro life. today, in a kansas courthouse, that battle and those strong sentiments were again front and center and, if defendant scott roeder has his way, abortion itself will be on trial when the testimony begins. still, the judge says this trial is not about that debate at all. he says this is about murder and one that scott recorder has roeder already confessed he did commit may 31st, 2009, at a church with dr. tiller was serving as an usher. >> i was talking with dr. tiller and making kind of small talk when i noticed the door -- that door that would be on the left there open up and the gentleman entered. >> witnesses say that man walked right up to dr. george tiller and pulled the gun. >> i saw a flash and i heard a popping that, to me, sounded like a balloon popping, then i saw dr. tiller just fall flat on his back. i saw an assailant. i saw with his hand out and still had the gun in his
in the united states have to turn for information is social media. cnn has set up a haiti desk to monitor the pleas for help and bring you many of the heart wrenching stories and pictures that the survivors want the world to see. >>> and officials say they cannot even begin to guess how many casualties there are. haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. and there is barely any emergency response to speak of. pentagon officials say they're already working on shipments of humanitarian aid, but getting there will be tough, since the control tower at the airport in port-au-prince is gone. >>> scenes of horror and devastation in haiti this morning, 13 hours after a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the capital city of port-au-prince and the surrounding area. still not clear how many people are dead at this point and how much more misery has been happied on the most desperate, disaster-prone area in the hemisphere. but one thing is certain, this is an unimaginable disaster. we're using the global resources of cnn to bring you have the most complete coverage of the earthquak
the quartet was involved, the quartet being the united states, russia, the u.n., and the european union, was to try and see if we could help in any way to unlock this difficult situation. it was really no thanks to my efforts or indeed the quartets that they decided the first step in what he wanted to do was to withdraw from gaza. and that was a momentous decision. and at the time perceived to be full of hope. it was a time when, as you recall, the million plus people in gaza were negotiated with in terms of the withdrawal and the 7,000 or so israelis that were there largely involved in hot house production were given the opportunity or rather were encouraged to leave, including leaving the hot houses. but the bottom line of it was that essentially there was to be this withdrawal and the israelis were to leave and one way or another we raised a bit of money to pay the owners of the hot houses to leave them there and there was for a time production by the palestinians in those houses. the hope was that that wulled -- would be an industry that would allow for an income in the area and for
of state hillary clinton says the united states is doing everything it can and there is a peacekeeping force on the street bringing law and order. >> this is incredibly complex work. we have some of the best people in the world from the united states down there and we're just going to do everything we can to be helpful. >> reporter: the "uss carl vincent" was destroyed. more military aircraft, even marines are all headed to haiti today. the country's now-homeless president spoke with the outpouring of support. >> i know that the money of the people of the united states and i thank them for this gesture. >> reporter: last night president obama called former president george w. bush and asked him to participate in a humanitarian relief effort, alongside former president bill clinton. president bush said that he was ready to do whatever was necessary. it's similar to what his father did with clinton after the south asian tsunami. joe? >>> thanks, elaine. brand-new video coming in this morning o the fairfax county urban search and rescue team hard at work in haiti. one of the first jobs of
and security. a united states military disaster relief team landed on a beach this afternoon. the military plans to soon send 4,000 more marines and sailors to the area. more help for a shattered nation. but even amidst all the destruction in haiti tonight, some folks have a new reason to smile. a rescue team made up of new york police and firefighters pulled a young brother and sister from the wreckage of a building after their aunt said they heard crying from the rubble eight days later. this photo shows the moment they pulled the boy free. we're told he and his sister seem to have no major injuries and doctors say they have absolutely no idea how the two survived for so long. >> i cannot explain like medically orifice logically how this happened. maybe it's a miracle. >> shepard: maybe it's a miracle he said, something certainly in short supply these days. we have supporters both in hatey's capital port-au-prince and to the west in the town of let's begin with steve harrigan in the capital city tonight. steve? >> shepard, in one medical tent set up by the university of miami, 20-amp sta
that has affected the people of haiti. but i want to assure the people of haiti that the united states is a friend, a partner in compound and a supporter and we will work with your government under the direction of your president to assist in any way that we can. we had a very good meeting about all of the priorities of the haitian government and the haitian people. we are focused on providing humanitarian assistance, water, food, medical help to those that are suffering. we also are working with the haitian government on the continuing rescue of those that can be rescued. there are nearly 30 teams from all over the world that are working right now to rescue people who are still alive. most of the people that the american teams have rescued our haitian. the president just met a man who survived for all of these days and we are very grateful for the rescue. we discussed the priorities of restoring communication, electricity and transportation. and we agreed that we will be coordinating closely together to achieve these goals. >> i am very proud of the work that our american embassy has
of haiti. hillary clinton says the u.s. in the process of gathering information. >> the united states is offering our full assistance to haiti and to others in the region. we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. >> reporter: the earthquake was also felt in the dominican republican which shares a border with haiti on the island of hispaniola. some panicked residents ran from their shaking homes but no damage was reported there. >> reporter: we're back here live at the fairfax fire and rescue training academy where they are ready to deploy at a moment's notice. with me is the assistant fire chief dare roar. have you been on the missions before and explain to me when you're hearing the reports of what the damage is down there. is there anything like your men have seen before? >> many of the men and women have been on disasters similar to this before, but it sounds like from the reports that we're getting from news media and in side that the devastation is pretty complex and pretty involved there. so our training and experience hopefull
a league for white players only. and you have to be born in the united states as well. don moose, lewis is calling it the all american basketball alliance will eventually have minor league teams n several southern cities. >> our fish give is middle white america. that's -- initiative is middle white america. that's the one that needs a little feel good nostalgic, this was fun like i remember. >> we fought so long to be able to get african-americans into major sports. and now to try to return back to the all white kind of play is ridiculous. >> lewis says the league will start in june. >>> in tonight's fox 5 top five, some relief at the gas pump and creditors looking at your facebook friends. laura evans explains. >> reporter: brian, do you have any financially responsible friends? number five tonight, you might think about adding those contacts to your twitter or facebook account. it could improve your chances of getting a loan. some lenders are now reportedly checking out social networking profiles to get a better read on potential clients and whether you're a potential risk. >>> want
. only the top two finishers will be going to vancouver to represent the united states. fletcher was named one of the finalists for the walter payton award, that is the man of the year award in the nfl. the winner will be announced at the super bowl. >> we will be ( clicking ) ( laughs, click ) when you hear a click, ( clicking ) you know it's closed and secure. that's why hefty food bags click closed. hefty! hefty! hefty! so you know you've helped lock in freshness and lock out air... to help prevent freezer burn. be sure it's secure with hefty food bags. just one click and you know it's closed. hefty! hefty! hefty! ( click, click, click ) >>> bring your umbrella if you are going anywhere tonight. >> take a look at all the rain on the way. the cold front will like -- will arrive late tomorrow morning, bringing cooler conditions. it did five degrees for the morning high temperature. it will fall during the afternoon hours. sushine on tuesday and wednesday, and those are snowflakes for thursday, friday, and into saturday. some really cold air is on the way once again. >> is wor to
to the united states said now is the time for all haitians and those in other countries to pull together to help this very poor country through a devastating time. they've been through difficult times before and he said haitians will come out of this stronger and united. he said they're a courageous people. he's going to meet with the u.s. state department to discuss more about what sort of aid this country needs. >> the state department has called me to come in and sit down to try to coordinate any help that they're going to give haiti. but, as i said, we don't know what is next until there is an assessment, until we know truly that the port-au-prince airport is open. >> reporter: and that assessment may take some time. this earthquake hit about 10 minutes until 5:00 haitian time and it will be difficult because as you've heard that communications are down. the airport there in port-au- prince is operating althgh one tower was hit. one of the most crucial things they need right now is for people to pull together is they need a hospital ship because the hospitals were hit as well and they, thems
and complications following, quote, amateur attempts at treatment after the quake hit. meanwhile, the united states marine corp is in haiti and the military released their video showing them delivering much-needed supplies to the haitian people. here in washington, some local church membertion welcomed home the survivor of the earthquake. the father was in haiti when the earthquake struck and he was able to escape unharmed. tonight he shares his story with darcy spencer who talked to him exclusively. darcy, talk about an amazing story? >> reporter: it certainly was. father jasmine is degree great. he says he's happy to be back but deeply concerned about all the people he left behind. >> the house was just shaking and everybody was praying and calling, "jesus, jesus, help us." >> the reverend was welcomed home with tears and warm eembraces. the chaplain for the d.c. haitian community was in haiti when it was rocked by an earthquake nearly two weeks ago. initially feared dead, he's here with good news. >> i was survive because god wants me to live for a little while on this earth. >> father skbraz mi
telescope in the western united states. astronomers are guessing it could be space junk or just a tiny asteroid. you never know. >> and now here's a look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at10,627 after falling 36 points on tuesday. the s&p dipped 10. and the nasdaq lost 30 points. >>> taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 144 points, while in hong kong the hang seng tumbled 578 points. >>> earnings season is off to a rough start on wall street. a disappointing lead off report from alcoa has investors worried more companies will soon follow suit. alcoa shares tanked to their lowest levels since the market bottomed out last year. while the aluminummaker's net losses were down, overall sales fell short of estimates. >>> a surprise decision in china raise the bank's required rfsh level, sparking fears of pullback in chinese import demand. that sent carpillar and new mining down 3%. president obama is about to slap a federal tax on the nation's bigest bank. >> the s.e.c. says the largest bank violated federal policy by hiding merril
was in the united states. >> bret: went on to say we'll do it better next time. that's the nation's top intelligence officer. high value detainee interrogation group. that's the hig. blare released minutes ago a statement saying that the hig is not fully operational yet. >> that makes it worse. this is absolutely stunning. the administration on day one literally a year ago today said the president signed an executive order against torture. and involved in that was establishing a way to interrogate important detainees. and that was establishing mid year this juliohigg. the oversight is provided in the white house. now, we learned now a half a year later that the hig isn't even in place and secondly what we just heard that it was only -- nobody had thought of what happens if you capture a terrorist in the united states. this apparatus involved hundreds, thousands of people and billions of dollars a year and not one of them said what happens if we capture a terrorist in the united states? this is absolutely unbelievable. the real scandal here is not that a guy with a bomb got on a plane. it can happen
or for the eastern united states and you can see it is a pretty good system that is moving across the eastern u.s. impacting nearly the entire east coast of the united states as part of that storm system that was hitting california hard over the weekend or last week rather. today, rain heavy at times, early this moing. some afternoon sunshine. breezy this afternoon. high early about 61. this afternoon, temperatures will be falling through the 50s. more on today's forecast coming up in just a little bit. >> thank you. >>> let's check in with julie and find out how people are managing out on the roads. >> it is not easy a lot of stokes skating around trees and wires down across the highways and in some areas, we are talking about standing water especially where they've been busy doing the hot lane work. that hot lane work between arlington boulevard and 66, callers temperature us that right lane is blocked off now because of standing water. allow yourself some extra time on the roads this morning and slow down. we do have reports of some trees down along the right side of the road there so be ver
central california up into the northwestern states, the central parts of the united states are clear. precipitation-free and most of the eastern united states is precipitation-free with the exiption of some lake effect snows in portions of new york and pennsylvania -- with the exception of some lake effect snows in portions of new york and pennsylvania. a little bit warmer today for us. a high about 40 degrees. for tonight, cold again. maybe not quite as cold. 27degrees for your overnight low in town. wind remain calm. that is a good thing. then for your five-day forecast, we warm up nicely tomorrow into the mid- and upper 40s. by friday, we should be into the low 50s. some of you still the upper 40s but in town, i think the low 50s. saturday, flirting with 50. and on sunday, some precipitation moves in. that will most likely be rain. that is a look at what is happening with the weather. now, let's get an update on traffic from julie wright. >> most people are flirting with disaster and you're flirting with rain? >> i'll take that. >> the rain or the disaster? >> the rain. checking o
rush. >>> the united states has grounded all planes bound for haiti at the request of the haitian government. these include flights carrying humanitarian aid. there is no room on the ground for the planes and no fuel for the planes to return. they hope to have planes back in the air later today or tomorrow. that is your money watch report. >>> coming up next on eyewitness news at 4:00, back in the hot seat. mark sanford faces his peers as they look to reprimand him to use state aircraft to visit his mistress. >>> the sun was out bringing warmth, but is it all over? the answer is just ahead in first warning weather. >>> eyewitness news is always on. go to wjz.com for the latest on the news and weather. >>> finally a break in our temperatures. the cold grip that had us by the neck haslett us go. we are looking at 49 degrees. it feels like a heat wave compared to the 20s and 30s. 49 is above the average for this time of year of 41. we have finally gone above the normal temperatures. 18 is the dew point now. 28% relative humidity with a nice south wind at 5 miles an hour. 30.22" and r
, if you were going to give a mission statement from the president of the united states, entire vast u.s. bureaucracy, state department, defense department, coast guard, other attendant agencies, u.s. aid, agency for national development the statement would be follow, assume the worst, mobilize the most. the u.s. partners do not no depth damage in haiti, how many people have been killed, how many people have been injured, what is the most crucial need there. all this is assessed by assessment teams landing in haiti this afternoon. the president and state department said the number one priority is account for and deal with the u.s. embassy personnel and 40,000 or so american citizens who live work in haiti. also to mobilize whatever rescue efforts can be mobilized. wendell goler, my colleague in the dominican republic says there are intense efforts to get the terminal in port-au-prince operational. officials say another crucial priority is get the port system working in haiti. ship-borne supplies and relief efforts to take injured possibly off the island and bring supplies in are also g
, president obama pledged the full support of the united states. >> haitians are our neighbors in the americas and here at home, so we have to be there for them in their hour of need. >> reporter: the "uss carl vincent" will be a base at sea to provide communications and supplies like fresh water. many have taken to the internet to show support. less than 24 hours after the quake, a text message campaign has raised more than $1 million for the red cross. and that help i soarly needed, as we've just said. in fact, still now, there are stories emerging of people still waiting for medical care. currently, most of the hospitals are down, and so people are in clinics, basically out on the street, triage clinics, people are coming to these clinics asking for help, but there are a lot of people, matt and meredith, who are not still now getting the medical care they need after this devastating earthquake. now back to you. >> and we're hearing there are no medical supplies to be had. let's brg in brian williams, who is there at the airport along with ann and al. brian, good morning to you. >> reporter:
. >> the president of the united states! [ applause ] >> reporter: president obamaed the state of the union is clear. >> despite our hardship, the union is strong. >> reporter: the union between democrats and republicans is anything but. >> we're tired of the trip and the shouting and pettines >> reporter: from healthcare to guantanamo bay and the economy, large chunks of the president's speech were dedicated to trying to end the political warfare that tripped up big parts of the white house agenda agenda. we can't wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headlines about the other side. and the game changer came last week when democrats lost the 60- vote majority in the senate. the president's renewed call for been comes as he enters's new year and will require input. >> democrats and republicans to work through our differenc. >> reporter: can they come together? house democratic majority leaders steny hoyer said he's tried to bring republicans to the table. >> did not get a positive response as if to say, as many republicans have said publicly, that
, and aggressive effort to save lives. the people of haiti will have the full support of the united states in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble and to deliver the humanitarian relief, the food, water, and medicine that haitians will need in the coming days. in that effort, our government, especially usaid and the departments of state and defense, are working closely together and with our partners in haiti, the region, and around the world. right now, our efforts are focused on several urgent priorities. first, we're working quickly to account for u.s. embassy personnel and their families in port-au-prince, swell the many american citizens who live and work in haiti. americans trying to locate family members in haiti are encouraged to contact the state department at 888-407-4747. i'm going to repeat that. 888-407-4747. second, we've mobilized resources to help rescue efforts. military overflights have assessed the damage and by early afternoon our civilian disaster relief assistance teams are beginning to arrive. search and rescue teams from florida, virginia, and
, the united states, and from the dominican republic and elsewhere. we need to get the teams in there quickly to save lives. the next part i think for us is going to be medical help. the medical infrastructure such as it is in port-au-prince has been clearly overwhelmed by the number of victims kbhz of course hospitals have been destroyed or badly damaged by the earthquake itself. those are two of the priorities we're facing but it is a very dramatic and huge tragedy for the people of haiti and exactly what they don't need after all they've been through. >> lehrer: mr. holmes, there have been estimates up to 30,000 in terms of the death toll. >> i'm leery of giving numbers. there are hbdz, probably thousands of dead but we simply don't know. i don't want to give you a figure. let's wait to see until we get a bit more information. whatever the exact figure sit's clearly a major tragedy. there will be a major humanitarian relief effort to be mounted as well as the search and rescue efforts i talked about so we will have a lot on our plates in the next few days. >> lehrer: what about the situati
that of the united states. it is the highest rate of hiv infection in all of the americas. as you have seen from the devastation, the country's infrastructure ranks among the worst in the world. before the quake the country was still trying to recover from four different hurricanes that hit in 2008 and killed 800 people and left about 500,000 people homeless. let's go over now to maggie for more. >> thank you, harry. joining me is pras michel, cousin of wyclef jean, and they have traveled on several humanitarian missions to haiti. good morning. i know you have family in haiti, so i have to ask, have you been able to reach them? are they all right? >> most of my family is in north america but the very few that were down there, we were ant able to get in touch with them. i spoke to a very good close of my friend this morning right before i came here and she was explaining to me what happened down in haiti. >> tell me, because you've traveled to this country many times on humanitarian missions. this is a country that even before this disaster needed great help and great attention from the world. >>
. >>> american air marshals when now be on all flights from nigeria to united states. nigeria has allowed federal officers on the flights after the failed christmas day attack. the accused bomber originated in nigeria. nigeria also wants american officials to train it nigerian officials. >>> united airlines is now jumping on the increased baggage check fairway did. delta was the first to announce $5 increases. the airlines will now charge $25 to check the first bag and $35 for the second bag. there is a small discount for travelers who pay in advance for their back online. >>> the legislative session of the maryland general assembly got underway this morning. the state budget is the top priority. the new $2 billion shortfall is likely to cause heated debate. a proposed alcohol tax. others want to rein in spending. foreclosures, job creation cent unemployment benefits are likely to dominate this session. >>> budget problems were also be at the center of the virginia legislative session. they have close to a $4 billion shortfall. they're talking about dropping the car tax and increasing the income
. the u.s. government now telling all airlines flying into the united states get ready for tighter security. that means hundreds more air marshals are be be put on international flights. moran dom screenings at airport -- more random screenings at airports. more on this coming up tonight on the news edge at 11:00. >>> another big story we're following tonight, gilbert arenas is facing gun charges. the wizards star hit with a felony today. it all stems from an incident last month in the team's locker room. prosecutors have charged the wizards guard with carrying a pistol without a license. we have more on his legal troubles. >> reporter: shawn, the player we know as agent zero will be in a very different court tomorrow than he's used to here at the verizon center. he will be at d.c. superior court and it seems prosecutors are playing hardball. the stakes just got higher for wizards star player gilbert arenas. he is now facing a felony gun possession charge. prosecutors filed it as an information which legal experts say usually means the defendant will plead guilty. defense attorney
exhausted. >> the team is working side-by- side with others from the united states and around the world. >experts in finding a livg and using everything from heavy equipment to their own fingertips to bring them out, including his baby girl. >> we were able to pull out and put her right in her mother's hands. >> in all, the united states teams have made 72 rescue's with the hope that even after 160 plus hours, there are more miracles to be discovered. >> time to go to work. and move to see if we can find her. >> the mission continues to be making a live rescues. they say as long as they get information there are signs of life under a collapsed building, they will respond. >> truly amazing work they are doing there. doctors from the children's national medical center are doing what they can to help victims of the earthquake. in orthopedic surgery team is at a local hospital. that team has already performed numerous surgeries, it has more than 300 patients waiting to be seen. >>> a flight carrying 53 haitian orphans evacuated has arrived in pittsburgh. they read the children's hospital of
of the screen if you are looking for these numbers, and if you are in the united states and you want to get information about the american loved ones in the quake zone, here is the number, 1-888-407-4747. that is the one set up by the state department. now, if you want information about the non-u.s. citizens in haiti call the red cross. again, if you want details about people in haiti who are not american nationals call the red cross, and that number is 1-800-red cross. the relief effort is under way live hanging in the balance there. we will be live in port-au-prince coming up in a moment. and here is another place that you can donate without worrying about scams. take a look at the screen. now get free delivery of walmart's $10 90-day generic prescriptions... ...no matter where you live. plus get free shipping on over 3,000 other prescriptions. call 1-800-2-refill for your free home delivery. save money. live better. walmart. morning because my back hurt so bad. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon in today for rick sanchez. ivan watson has been on the scene in port-au-prince in haiti reall
borders has a field hospital set up. what is the united states doing in terms of bringing down medical teams to help care for the many, many people we see so desperately in need? ivan watson had a story of a woman whose foot had been amputated in a collapse and she'd been sitting outside with a tourniquet for more than 24 hours. >> the hospitals in port-au-prince have collapsed. there's a few facilities still opening, but not really capable of handling the surge of need. the other groups are there. the united states is bringing down medical personnel. we have some on the ground right now. i know that there are trauma teams that have been dispatched. we have the "carl vinson" aircraft carrier on the way which will be able to provide assistance. we've got the "uss comfort" getting ready to leave, to get down there. but the immediate trauma crisis, we're trying to meet with volunteer doctors, with military doctors and others, because the -- as you're right. this is a large area involving many, many, many millions of people who have been cut off from access, just getting to people to provi
of the the united states government. >> reporter: get reaction from local lawmakers by visiting wusa9.com. you can also read the entire text of president obama's speech as well as governor mcdonnell's response. and see the associated press ' fact check on the president. it is all on our politics page. >>> new this morning on 9 news now, dc police are investigating the murder of a teenager. it happened just before 11:00 last night in the 800 block of barnby street. the 17-year-old victim was shot in the neck. he was taken to a hospital where he later died. his name has not been released. >>> the body of a marine killed in afghanistan is expected to return home to the u.s. today. sergeant david smith of frederick was killed on saturday after a bomb went off while he was on patrol. the marine reservist was a 2002 graduate of frederick high school, and a student at east carolina university in greenville, north carolina. >>> toyota's problems are growing this morning. in the last 90 minutes we have learned it will extend the recall to europe and the gas pedal problem has avis and enterprise rental cars
are arriving here in the united states. many of these children lost their parents long ago and many will find new lives here in the united states. for more information on how you can help in and the estimate now is 200,000 people are dead, go to wusa9.com. we have a link to charities taking part in relief efforts at the top of our home page. >>> it's time for another living smart report and a heads up to those of you thinking of making donations to haiti relief efforts. >> a little warning. of course we have seen an amazing outpouring of support for the victims in haiti. donation relief efforts are still pouring in. they have reportedly already topped $200 million. but where there are people in need there are scammers looking to take advantage so the fbi and the national center for disaster fraud has established a 24 hour telethon hotline to report fraud. the number is 866-720-5721. that is 866-720-5721. you can also e-mail information directly to disaster@leo.gov. >>> now that wall street is coming back, they want investors to come back, as well. that's why price cuts go in to effect for cha
wilson, fox news. >>> a 15-year-old girl is now getting medical care here in the united states. this young woman suffered severe injuries to her face in the earthquake. she is now at children's hospital in miami. her cousin is her guardian because the girl's mother died when their home collapsed on top of them. doctors say she is doing much better but has a long road ahead. >> she's sustained significant facial injuries and again the treatment of those facial injury has to be tailored to the fact that we received her you know eight days after the event. >> reporter: even the other quake survivors are also being treated at thesame hospital. >>> today in the district, civil rights activist dick gregory vowed not to eat for 30 days to bring attention the flight of the victims in hti. speaking at union temple baptist church he said he won't eat or drink anything for the first week and after that only liquids. greg i have 77 years old. >>> well, younger activists in our area are also working to help haiti. >>> they are elementary school kids little children with big hearts. as beth
is starting to set in as survivors wait for food and medical help. >>> the united states has taken the lead in relief efforts. an ircraft carrier will arrive to dispatch helicopters to hard to reach areas. the airport has one runway. a luxury cruise ship is also enroute to provide temporary housing. >>> the country teeters on the brink of violence as one u.n. official says people are slowly getting impatient. >> one problem is the police have simply van under ad long with the government. sherry ly has more. >> reporter: the haitian embassy here continues to coordinate relief efforts and help people find those missing but getting that aid to the earthquake victims has been slow. the u.s. has dispatched thousands of troops and sent tons of food and supplies but aid workers say people are fighting over food and water and the situation is etting worse. in the photographer math of a see still in shock, complete chaos. survivors of tuesday's earthquake in port-au-prince, haiti wander the streets dazed as rescuers desperately search the rubble for any signs of life. >> there are a lot of people in
a month later, the congress of the united states voted to allow president bush to invade and occupy iraq. we now are in a second phase of the gop propaganda blitz, and it is even worse this time. this time the folks in massachusetts are the target. i'm a texan, i'm a democrat from texas, a state where we don't have a single democratic statewide official, which is directly opposite massachusetts. if you vote against the democratic candidate today, you will be joining the republicans in their attempt to bring down in their attempt to bring down this obama@@@@@@$v would come to an end parade of senate democrats failedg1ñ in massachusetts debate lose their to push through legislation. that means olympia snowe and susan collins would become two of the most powerful people on capitol hill. the republican line, good morning. caller: i would have to say that this election is somewhat like the shot heard round the world. this is the first election where the american populace and vettersw4÷ will say no to the oa and socialism machine. rvwi just watched with curiosit. i just hope that for the dem
. >> reporter: he and other leaders met with the republic's ambassador to the united states to get updated and brainstorm relief plans. >> we participated in the revolutionary war of the united states. we helped you guys. in latin america, we helped simon bolivar to liberate his country. today we are seeking the same. >> reporter: ambassador raymond joseph says it's been non-stop meeting with the state department and trying to speak with haiti's president, whose palatial home was levelled. >> even the palace has been hit that hard. just the flimsy, flimsy abode hanging on the heels around port-au-prince must be just like cardboard. >> reporter: the numbers of dead and injured are staggering given the level of catastrophe. it's not surprising to those who know the country will. >> port-au-prince was built for a population of 50,000. and today in and around port-au-prince, we have 2 million people. and a lot of them with living in flimsy abodes. >> and we are awaiting to hear from the ambassador for another update in the next hour. they are very busy working inside. a candlelight vigil sched
this effect. >> the united states is offering our full assistance to haiti and to others in the region. >> the worst earthquake to rock haiti in more than # hundred years. thousands injured and the death toll ignificant. i'm steve chenevey. >> i'm gurvir dhindsa. thank you for being here. there have already been several aftershocks and the images show the sheer devastation. everything from simple shams to the national palace have collapsed. at least two americans are said to be among the wreckage. it could be some time before we know how many people may have been killed. we'll get a full report coming up in just a few minutes. >> we want to check in with tone way perkins, say good morning to him. >> good news as we begin the warm-up we've been talking about. we'll see our temperatures rise to the seasonal normal. we are heading in the right direction. right now, it is a cold start to the day. 28degrees under mostly clear skies. relative humidity is at 51%. the winds are out of the northwest at nine miles per hour and i think the winds are going to be pretty okay today. ba
information that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is planning another attack against the united states. we will give you a rundown of exactly what we know. in the bottom box a key goal of the united states in haiti right now is to get food, water, and medicine to people as quickly as possible so that people don't, in their desperation, turned to violence. alysin: and we are seeing some examples of that. desperation and frustration, as you can imagine, are running. that means that security is becoming a big problem. getting reports of looters armed with machetes running the streets. 4,000 inmates are on the loose after the quake destroyed the city's main prison. there are also amazing stories of survival and determination, as relief workers struggle to get aid to those in need. survivors are being pulled from the rubble, but so are bodies. orlando salinas is live in port-au-prince. security also obviously is a top issue. tell us what you're seeing. >> reporter: speaking about security, we have seen more rescue, search-and-rescue personnel and more military personnel, more media than we have
have pledged close to $1 billion in relief since in earthquake struck. the united states has pledged at least $130 million in aid. it also sent more than 11,000 military personnel and provided more than 90,000 pounds of aid and supplies. the u.s. is also running operations at that chaotic port-au-prince airport right now. >>> well, some of the medical relief the u.s. is providing is courtesy of the "usns," the united navy ship "comfort." it's essentially a giant hospital on water and it's on its way to haiti right now. "the comfort" is already starting to treat some of the victims from the earthquake. the ship is staffed with 900 doctors, nurses, and technicians who can treat as many as 1,000 patients at a time. stay right here with news 4 for continuing coverage of the crisis in haiti and log on to our website, nbcwashington.com for the latest coverage and we hope that you will be watching and responding. >>> looking outside right now, it's not bad out there. kind of nice, actually. some sunshine and not sure about the temperature. let's find out. let's go tour first forecast now to
nations, including the united states. we know there are people on the ground from norway, for example, but it's going to take a while to get that rolling. hopefully sooner rather than later. tony, back to you. >> susan, before i let you go and i know i have to because you have other responsibilities to our various networks across several platforms, you have been to haiti on a couple of occasions, as i recall, to cover the aftermath of hurricanes and tropical storms. if you would take a moment and describe what you see now. >> reporter: sure. i've been coming here since the mid-'80s because of political turmoil as well as economic problems and natural disasters. it is indeed, if not the poorest, one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. so on a good day, it is difficult to get around haiti. it is difficult for these people to make a living. and now you're seeing what little infrastructure they have, which was bad to begin with, come tumbling down. buildings falling apart. i can't even imagine the extent of the work that will have to be done to try to bring them up to at l
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